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 28 July 2013 10:10 PM
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keoghrichard

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i have been asked to do an EICR on a house for the first time, any advice on this would be apreciated

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 28 July 2013 10:13 PM
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daveparry1

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A very difficult question to answer without knowing what knowledge of the regulations and experience you have.
 28 July 2013 10:17 PM
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WalkersWiring

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Make lots of notes & take photographs for later reference or inclusion, and complete the document asap after completing the inspection, while everything is still fresh in your mind...

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 28 July 2013 10:23 PM
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MrP

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Agree your scope what your going to do and more importantly what your not going to do

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 28 July 2013 10:38 PM
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leckie

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Well as Dave said, difficult to assess your knowledge, experience, etc.

However, my formula for a domestic EICR is....
1st check visually the earthing system (to be confirmed)
Presence of bonding, gas, water, etc
A walk round to see any obvious issues, now you have a gut feeling for the installation.

I then do a sketch of the property and mark out skts, lights, etc.
While doing this I note any further observations.
Then I'll start doing some tests, Ze, Zsb. Continuity tests to rings, Zs to final circuits. I note the Zs values on the sketch where I have marked the various points. Usually set up a wander lead to confirm continuity to class 1 fittings, etc. IR test L/N -E.

Some tests may need repeating if problems are found. Next, Rcd tests, etc.

Take lots of photos, more than you may need to include in your report.

These are my basic ideas, with inspection/testing as per the extent and limitations as agreed

Edited: 28 July 2013 at 10:48 PM by leckie
 28 July 2013 10:47 PM
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leckie

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Actually, Mr P, has summed it up in a sentence, as usual! But I think you may have been looking for a bit more explantation/ideas, hence my blathering post!
 29 July 2013 10:23 AM
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Try to be careful to distinguish between 'not how I'd do it' and 'wrong' - and then between 'wrong' and 'dangerous'. There were very many different ways of doing things in the past that we don't do now, and might look strange, but often didn't turn out to be particularly dangerous in practice.
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 29 July 2013 12:06 PM
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perspicacious

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"i have been asked to do an EICR on a house for the first time, any advice on this would be apreciated"

Welcome Richard

1) I'd want to have sight of the "forcing document" from the client so I have a valid reason to enter on the EICR (rather than the meaningless "client request").

2) This document would then reveal if I were deemed suitable to compile it, as some require the EICR to be carried out by a certain "class" of person.

3) I'd check that my PI insurance covered me for the scope of work in addition to that of my PL insurance.

4) I'd want to be able to provide "evidence" of meeting Appendix 6 (iv)

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